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TIP: Tapered roller bearings support both radial and axial loads, and can often carry higher loads than ball bearings due to their greater contact area.
Linear Carriages & Guides
TIP: Designed to take load in all directions and can work effectively in tough conditions.
TIP: Aid linear and rotational movement and can be a good upgrade alternative to simple bushes.
Rotary Bearings & Bearing Units
TIP: Interchangeable standard sized bearings, lubricated bearing units and longer life lower friction options.
Belts, Chains & Couplings
TIP: Flexible couplings reduce drivetrain vibration, and can also accommodate misalignment reducing failures.
TIP: Damaged spur gear? We may have an off-the-shelf option that could get you up and running.
TIP: Checking belts - condition and tension - regularly can avoid unexpected failures and downtime.
TIP: Pre-lubricated chains, such as Tsubaki Lambda, deliver longer life than standard roller chains.
TIP: Ensuring your pulley isn't damaged and is using a matching belt reduces wear and premature failures.
Bushes & Collars
TIP: Clamp collars can be easier to install and work with worn shafts to allow continued operation.
TIP: Fitting a better quality cylinder can give longer operational life and reduced downtime.
Fittings & Couplings
TIP: Good quality, correctly tightened fittings can reduce air leakage and poor machine performance.
TIP: Air leakage from poorly maintained or fitted valves wastes energy.
TIP: Using transparent tubing can allow you to spot blockers faster.
VDMA ISO Cylinders
TIP: ISO 15552 / VDMA 24562 cylinders are fully interchangeable from brand to brand.
TIP: Clean, dry, lubricated air reduces wear and corrosion extending cyclinder life and reducing downtime.
TIP: Create structures flexibly for mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations.
TIP: Magnets can be a really flexible, and easy access alternative to more traditional fasteners.
TIP: Ensure the material selected is right for the environment the clip will be used in.
Screws & Bolts
TIP: Stainless fasteners will be far more durable in aggressive environments.
Nuts & Washers
TIP: Locking washers or nuts can greatly improve reliability for assemblies subject to movement.
TIP: Replacing an old motor with a IE3 rated one, instead of having it rewound, will give worthwhile energy savings.
AC Motors & Drives
AC Geared Motors
TIP: Many geared AC motors are interchangeable brand to brand.
Variable Speed Drives
TIP: VSDs can allow both speed control and stop/start energy and wear reduction.
TIP: Soft starts can reduce drive train load and wear compared to direct-on-line (DOL) starting.
TIP: It's easy to spot if someone has "borrowed" a socket, when your toolkit has a slot for every tool.
TIP: VDE screwdrivers provide an extra level of safety if there is any risk of coming into contact with live parts.
TIP: Matched tap and drill kits ensure you get the right diameter hole.
TIP: Guessing how much torque you're applying can lead to expensive and time consuming problems.
TIP: There is no "one size fits all". The right puller for the job makes the job so much easier.
TIP: Ratcheting spanners can be so much more efficient for a lot of applications.
TIP: Cordless drills can now offer the same performance as corded, but with so much more flexibility.
Mechanical Test & Measurement
TIP: Being able to spot problems in the depths of a machine early can really keep the blood pressure low.
TIP: Some tachometers can also be used to measure linear speed and distance too!
Laser Levels / Alignment
TIP: Green beam lasers appear much brighter to the human eye, and are perfect for when the beam needs to be visible over long distances.
TIP: Mechanical parts running at high temperature is a great clue that all is not well. IR thermometers can be used while the machine is still operating.
Torches & Handlamps
TIP: Thanks to LED technology, it is easy to have bright, portable light whereever you need it.
TIP: Keeping a track of vibration levels is a really effective predictive maintenance approach.
Lubricants, Greases and Sealants
TIP: If you need to power up electrical equipment before any degreaser has evaporated, use one with a high dielectric strength.
TIP: Lubricants containing PTFE are really effective at reducing friction, wear, and energy consumption of machinery.
TIP: Cutting fluids can enable longer tool life, quicker machining, and more precision.
TIP: Grease is more effective than oil on any machinery or equipment used in extreme conditions, such as high temperatures, pressures and shock loads. It provides thicker film cushions, whereas oil films can be too thin for these applications.
TIP: While not all spray paints require a primer, the use of one improves the long term adhesion of the paint to the surface.
TIP: Can serve a multitude of tasks around the plant. So always best to have a tube on hand just in case.
Plate Mount Castors
TIP: Castors with blue elastic rubber can be used in the food or pharmaceutical industry to help avoid product contamination.
Castors & Wheels
Stem Mount Castors
TIP: Ideal if temporary removal of castors is required.
TIP: Polyurethane tyres offer high load capacity, good abrasion, tear and chemical resistance with soft ride.
TIP: Get the balance right with ear protection. Good enough to stop excessive noise, but not so you can't hear warnings or alarms.
TIP: Remember - the EN388 ratings score mechanical protection on a scale from 1-5. 5 means more protection.
TIP: Only footwear with a rating of S2 and above is resistant to water.
Personal Protective Equipment
TIP: Hard hats should not be stored in direct sunlight as UV will degrade the material.
TIP: Amber coloured lenses are ideal for low and artificial light conditions.
TIP: Like all other aspects of PPE, any respiratory protection must be assessed in consideration of the risks which are present.